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Oct. 26, 2009

Texas A&M Press Releases Updated Texas Wildscapes Guide To Native Plant Gardening

Texas Wildscapes Book Comes With New Interactive DVD

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Whether you have an apartment balcony or a multi-acre ranch, the Texas Wildscapes™ program gives you the tools you need to make a home for all the animals that will thrive in the native habitat you create.

Texas Wildscapes™ is a habitat restoration and conservation plan for rural and urban areas that enables Texans to develop wildlife habitats where they live, work and play.

For the thousands of people already familiar with the previous edition of the Texas Wildscapes book, the Texas A&M Nature Guides Edition and accompanying, easily navigable DVD will be a welcome supplement, providing a wealth of plant and animal lists, tables, photos, video, and other detailed information in a fully searchable format.

If you are just learning how to enjoy wildlife in a backyard setting, Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife, the Texas A&M Nature Guides Edition provides the essential ingredients for a variety of wildlife: food, water and shelter. It then coaches you in designing and planting your yard or garden to best provide these requirements for the many birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates you will attract.

This book can also help you earn official recognition for your conservation efforts from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Successful applicants will receive a personalized certificate and have the opportunity to receive a weatherproof sign for their landscaping accomplishments.

The 152-page book includes 154 color photos, plus maps, landscaping diagrams and other resources. The book costs $24.95, and can be purchased online through the Texas A&M Press Web site, by phone at (800) 826-8911, or at major booksellers across the state.

Kelly Conrad Bender is urban wildlife biologist for Central Texas with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The former coordinator of the Texas Wildscapes™ program, she is currently based in Bastrop, where she conducts research and workshops and manages public outreach projects.

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